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William Howe (1814–1879)

Photo credit: Chesterfield Museum & Art Gallery

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William Howe was an engineer at the Clay Cross Company and took out a patent, jointly with George Stephenson, for the invention of a 'Link Motion' machine in 1845. This improved the efficiency of valve gears in steam locomotives.

Chesterfield Museum & Art Gallery



19th C


oil on canvas


H 140.4 x W 105.6 cm

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Acquisition method

transferred from Chesterfield Town Hall, 1989

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Inscription description

William Howe, Born 1814, died 1879. Interred at Clay Cross. Inventor of the Link Reversing Motion used by the Stephensons and generally known as the Stephenson Reversing Gear.


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